Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A Million Suns, by Beth Revis
Release date: January 10th 2012
Published by: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5/5 stars
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.
It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.
But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.
In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
A Million Suns is one of the most anticipated books of 2012 for me. I couldn’t wait to see where Beth Revis would take us next, what secrets would be discovered about Godspeed, and if the ship’s mission would be accomplished, after all. Jessica Rules the Dark Side made me hesitant about this one, but I went as deep into Amy and Elder’s problems and struggles just as I had with Across the Universe.
Now forced to take his place as Eldest, Elder fights to control Godspeed without the use of drugs, and his strongest wish is for everyone at the ship to just have a choice. The poor decisions made by the previous Elders left the population at Godspeed not only fearful, but determined to take back what has been stolen from them – free will. But with free will, Elder has to deal with uprisings, individual thought, and discordance on board. In the middle of all of this is Amy, who’s fighting a battle of her own, trying to fit in with her strange looks.
One of the things that enchanted me in Across the Universe was Amy herself – her stubbornness, personality, and strength – and Elder’s determinate resolve to be faithful to his subjects as a leader. In A Million Suns, those characteristics stand out even more, as both Amy and Elder get enrolled in their own problems.
But they’re not the only one with a problem. Dark secrets that could either save or destroy them all have been kept hidden from Elder for too long, and as Godspeed’s mission is threatened by lack of food and supplies, they must discover what’s been delaying their arrival at the new planet, or else everyone might die.
It always surprises me how Beth Revis manages to reunite science fiction, a bit of romance – just enough to make you enjoy it and yearn for more -, mystery, and a really detailed background. All of these factors make Across the Universe and A Million Suns formidable books, and I can’t say how many times I jumped in the couch, eager to find out what was going on inside Godspeed.
And the ending was no easy thing to read, either. Seriously, shame on you, Beth Revis! Shame on you! How can you be such an evil writer? How can this book end up like this? I waited a year to read A Million Suns, and that’s how it ends? Oh my frexing Eldest, how am I supposed to wait for the last book in the trilogy?
4 questions in a single paragraph are enough to make a point of how much I loved this book. If you love science fiction that doesn’t look like science fiction – if that even makes sense (let’s just pretend it does) – go and pick this series up. To say that it’s a must read is an understatement :D